After some exceptionally nice weather to start the month, Mother Nature decided it was time to remind southern Manitobans that it's November in the Prairies. The first major winter storm of the season blasted southern MB Thursday and Thursday night with a variety of wintery weather, bringing snow, freezing rain, ice pellets, strong winds, as well as heavy rain to the area. In Winnipeg, the storm began with rain Thursday morning that changed to ice pellets driven by 50-70 km/h winds through the afternoon and evening. Ice pellets accumulated around 2-3 cm by evening along with some freezing rain. Overnight, precipitation changed to snow with 2-4 cm falling on top of the icy mess from the night before. In total, about 25-35 mm of melted precipitation fell over the Winnipeg area, with general snowfall accumulations of 5-8 cm across the city by Friday morning. Heavier amounts of snow were reported further west along the western Red River valley and MB escarpment, with 15-25 cm reported from the Pilot Mound area through Portage La Prairie. The snow and ice left many roads in poor driving conditions across the Red River Valley and SW MB, with travel not advised on several highways into Friday morning.
Further south and east of Winnipeg, precipitation was mostly rain Thursday, with significant amounts of 30-70 mm reported across portions of the southern Red River valley. Overall, an abrupt initiation to winter weather for residents of southern MB!